High School Graduation Gifts for Guys


High school graduation is a once-in-a-lifetime event for young men. Before shopping for a gift for guys to honor the special day, consider what high school graduation means to you, and let your gift reflect that meaning. Each gift recipient's personality, interests and needs are factors, too. Setting a budget helps to limit gift choices.

Rite of Passage

  • If you consider graduation as the point boys becomes adults, your gift can mark the transition. Consider a gift certificate to a full service men's store for each male graduate so he can buy a nice suit. A leather messenger bag will go from campus to workforce timelessly. If the stock market means adulthood to you, seeding an investment account could be a gift that continues to give for a long time.


  • If the guy has earned the right to cut loose, maybe a vacation package is in order. Cruises, airline vouchers and resort packages can give a welcome and memorable break before starting college or work. If the male graduates like sports, then season tickets or equipment upgrades are gift options. An alternative is to give the gift of more leisure time with laundry service for one year. Movie gift cards, with enough money on them for popcorn, are perfect for movie buffs.


  • Focusing on spiritual and psychological needs can keep high school graduation in perspective. A religious retreat in the young men's faith can make a lasting impression. You can express deep personal messages through books; choose memoirs or fiction that made a difference in your life. Avoid the self-help section. Access to the arts could feed their soul. Buy a season subscription to a local theater or a package of museum and gallery tickets.

Share the Purpose

  • When the time is right, pull each young man aside and share your thoughts behind your gift for him. Marking the moment gives a present more weight than just its monetary or utilitarian value. Let your card express those thoughts as well. The amount you spend matters less than the meaning. A well-considered gift does not need to be expensive or life-altering; it should simply express what you want to say.

    As a last resort, cash is always welcomed.

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